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Tuesdays at the Castle (Castle Glower #1)

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Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celie's favorite days. That's because on Tuesdays the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing. No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one-other than Celie, that is-takes the time to map out the new additions. But when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and their fate is unknown, it's up to Ce
Hardcover, 225 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Bloomsbury (first published October 1st 2011)
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May 25, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books
Just finished reading the manuscript, prior to beginning the Big Edit. Really excited about this book, the first in a middle grade series that will explore the endless possibilities of turning an eleven-year-old princess loose in a magic castle!

*Reading aloud to my kids, March 2012.

*Reading aloud to my kids, and also to prep for Fridays, June 2014.
I am a fan of Jessica Day George. There is no denying that. But most of what I've read by her has been more on the YA side than the middle grade side, so even though I was super excitedfor Tuesdays at the Castle, there was still the question of whether I would like her MG stuff. I'm not sure why I was worried. It flowed along so well and kept me going. Two sittings and I pretty much engulfed it all, continuously telling myself "I should stop after X, I should stop after Y..." and I just couldn't ...more
Aug 13, 2014 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I need to mention I received this book from GoodReads giveaways.

Princess Celie is the youngest daughter of a royal couple who reside in Castle Glower. The latter is not a regular castle, but something which as Celie suspects possesses some intelligence. It is also grows by itself every Tuesday adding new rooms and making it very hard to navigate it (Hogwarts instantly comes to mind). Due to a series of seemingly unrelated unfortunate incidents, it is up to Celie and her slightly older siblings R
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Jul 09, 2015 Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
Review also posted at Fantasy Literature.

Though I enjoy some YA fiction, I don't read many middle grade books at this point in my life unless my 12 year old really twists my arm. But the idea behind Tuesdays at the Castle just sounded so fun that I couldn't resist when I saw it on the library shelf. Its pages were waving to me, I swear!

Eleven year old Princess Celie and her royal family live in Castle Glower, which has a life and sometimes quirky opinions of its own and takes an interest in th
Jacob Proffitt
Mar 22, 2012 Jacob Proffitt rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anybody who likes a good story well-told.
I made the mistake of picking this up after midnight (not telling how far after midnight) to settle down a bit before bed. Four hours later (yes, I know, I'm actually kind of a slow reader—certainly compared to some) I finished the book with a sense of satisfaction that overrode the impending doom of waking in two hours to go to work.

This book is aimed at a bit younger audience than I usually read (middle grade?). I love YA novels and wouldn't dream of disparaging a book based on its target mark
Sherwood Smith
May 20, 2014 Sherwood Smith added it
Shelves: fantasy
Whenever I read a book aimed at a young audience I have to pause and consider how I might have enjoyed it at the age for which it was written, especially if I see glimpses of a really good book in a might-have-been good.

This was one of those books. If I'd read it at age nine, I would have loved it to pieces. (Though I would have been convinced that the author stole my castle of appearing and disappearing rooms, but that, as they say, is another story.) The main thing is, at nine, I believed that
Barb Middleton
Oct 07, 2012 Barb Middleton rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
When I was 10 my dad had me help him sheetrock the basement ceiling. He piled three phone books on the tallest chair in the house, told me to scramble up as he stood on the ladder next to the chair holding a heavy piece of sheetrock flush with the ceiling. He needed help holding the sheetrock while attaching it to the ceiling. Sweat trickled down his face as I quickly clambered on top of the slippery phone books. Once my head was in position, he used a noisy power drill shooting screws into the ...more
Apr 19, 2014 Hallie rated it really liked it
Cute and funny and smart MG fantasy, which I enjoyed very much. Like many of my friends who've read this, I was equally taken with the castle itself (not only sentient but keeps the monarchy about more than just inheritance!) and Celie, the 11-year-old heroine. I was particularly happy that her siblings listened to her, which I'd been afraid they might not do at points. I also look forward to more of Prince Lulath when I read on in the series!
Olga Godim
May 08, 2014 Olga Godim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
This is a charming book, and I enjoyed it very much. I loved everything about it: its cute cover, its fast-moving plotline, and its enchanting, inventive protagonist, eleven-year-old Princess Celie. I regret that I don’t belong to the book’s target audience – middle grade school children – any longer, because if I did, I’m sure I would’ve enjoyed this short novel even more.
Celie is the youngest daughter of the King of Sleyne. She lives with her family in a magical Castle, a Castle with personal
Melissa McShane
I loved this book! Though it's written just right for a middle-grade audience, it belongs with the handful of middle-grade books (most notably Wendelin Van Draanen's Sammy Keyes mysteries) that have enough substance to appeal to older readers as well. I especially liked the characterization of Castle Glower and Celie's relationship with it, something I'd like to see explored in later books. And Prince Lulath! My very favorite character. He is positively adorable. Very, very enjoyable book, and ...more
Sep 22, 2013 Valerie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I couldn't wait to read this book. It sounded so fun and magical; plus I'm a fan of Jessica Day George. Though most of her young adult books can border middle grade this was the first one with an actual girl of middle grade age. Though my 9-12 years are kind of blur to me I think the heroine Celie sounded just right.

Princess Celie is a spirited young girl who lives in this castle. A castle that changes halls, rooms, and closets seemingly on a whim and the one who knows the most about this castl
Dec 08, 2013 Leslie rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
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Jul 13, 2013 Jenn rated it it was amazing
7/12/13 Read this book again with a big grin plastered on my face. Just love it so! I liked all the siblings even more this time and think Pogue is particularly sigh-worthy and Prince Lulath, well, I wish he were real, because I'd like to hang out with him. And with the Castle! (I finished it last night and had a dream that I lived in a magically changing castle, but the rooms I discovered were a movie theater, a workout room, and a fully stocked beauty salon!)

Huzzah! I am just bursting with pri
Annabelle Marie Veronica
Apr 05, 2011 Annabelle Marie Veronica marked it as to-read
Perhaps a little young for me, but I'll probably totally enjoy it anyway and proudly admit it. :D
Oh friends, you know I am a sucker for setting as character and never has it been so strongly present as in Tuesdays at the Castle. Castle Glower is a main character in this book as assuredly as the royal children themselves. The rearranged and suddenly appearing rooms (that always seems as if they were really there all along) reminded me of Diana Wynne Jones’ House of Many Ways, though Castle Glower edges it out in my heart with its temperament. If the castle likes you your rooms will be lavish ...more
Jul 11, 2012 April rated it it was amazing
Friends, I LOVE it when setting is a character and Tuesdays At The Castle by Jessica Day George just fuels this love. When King and Queen Glower disappear and are considered to be dead, a few opportunists try to shove out Celie and her siblings Lilah and heir Rolf. Celie, however, turns to Castle Glower in her time of need.

Read the rest of my review here
Small Review
Oct 11, 2015 Small Review rated it really liked it
Originally posted at Small Review

Six reasons I loved Tuesdays at the Castle


I thought Tuesdays at the Castle was going to be all about Celie, and while Celie is the main focus (the third person narration has a focus on her), her older brother and sister are just as important.

I loved this! The interaction between the siblings was sweet and fun. I actually loved Celie's brother and sister so much that I would read the story all over again told from each of their perspectives.

2. Pogue

Oct 24, 2011 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
First of all, I want you to know that I just rubbed my hands together in delight, because I am so, so excited to review TUESDAYS AT THE CASTLE, by Jessica Day George! This is such a marvelous book, by such a marvelous author. Jessica’s books are always utterly gobble-worthy...but there’s just something extra-special about this first title in her new middle grade series. Maybe it’s the setting...

The Land of Sleyne sounds picturesque, with its mountains and bowl-shaped valleys, but it’s the castle
Nov 22, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! Maybe it's a bit Juvenile for a young adult, but I don't care. It is now up there with some of my childhood favorites like Peter Pan and Ella Enchanted. This book was a fantasy and was packed full of fun and adventure. It was clean too! No dragons, no witches... Just some brief scenes with some wizards and a magic castle that changes on a weekly basis.

Synopsis: Eleven-year-old Celie is a princess of Castle Glower. She, along with her older brother Rolf, and older si
Jun 24, 2011 Karissa rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I got an advanced reading copy of this book at Book Expo America from Bloomsbury. Previously I have read Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow and Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George and enjoyed them both. This was a very fun read focused on the very nifty idea of a castle being able to change itself whenever it wants. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was a quick read and was entertaining and fun. It is aimed more at the middle grade age set than young adult; but I think even adu
Jun 18, 2012 Terri rated it it was amazing
Princess Celie is the Castle favorite. The capital C is significant, for not only do all the inhabitants of the royal castle of Sleyne love Celie, the youngest daughter of King Glower the Seventy-ninth and his queen, but Castle Glower loves her, too. The castle is much more than a residence and seat of power. It is a mysterious, living entity that selects the heir to the throne. Hence, every king of Sleyne assumes the name Glower. The castle makes its intentions and will known by adding and ...more
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile

When Celie's parents - the king and queen - are attacked and presumed dead, Celie and her siblings must protect the kingdom from an attempted coup. Luckily, Castle Glower isn't a normal castle, and, because the castle favors them, they are able to enlist its help in protecting themselves and their people.

This was a cute little story, a bit more dire in places than I expected when I first picked it up, and filled with a bit of intrigue and politics. My main complaint is that the villains start
The Bookwyrm's Hoard
Jul 14, 2014 The Bookwyrm's Hoard rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, children, kindle, own
Review originally published at The Bookwyrm's Hoard.

"Whenever Castle Glower became bored, it would grow a room or two." So begins Jessica Day George's charming fairy tale, Tuesdays at the Castle, and from whimsical first sentence to suspenseful climax, the book is a gem. Eleven-year old Celie, the protagonist, is King Glower the 79th's fourth and youngest child, and Castle Glower loves her. When the king and queen disappear while on a journey to see their eldest son graduate from the College of
Reminded me a lot of Half Magic - and I love that the castle is as much a character as the people!

4th grade booktalk
Ever wish you could change something about your house? That your house could read your mind and give you, in house or room form, whatever you need? For those of you who are Harry Potter-familiar, think the Room of Requirement. Well – Castle Glower, where Princess Celie and her Royal Family live, does just that. On Tuesdays, anyway.
For example: the castle once removed the doors
Oct 10, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rebecca by: Erin Sloan
Such fun! Prince Rolf and Princesses Lilah and Celie (and their parents, of course) live in the decidedly quirky Castle Glower. This particular castle appears to be a living, breathing entity with a capricious and opinionated personality. It likes all of the Glowers but its' special favorite is Celie.

The story opens with the King and Queen leaving the castle to attend the graduation of their oldest son, Bran, from wizarding school. But the king and queen are ambushed and presumed dead. This sta
Feb 29, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
How many shades of adorable can one book be? Holy awesome! Tuesdays at the Castle is about young Celie and her castle, a castle that just so happens to be a little temperamental and adds new rooms to itself when it gets bored and shuts other rooms up when it decides the occupant has overstayed his welcome. When Celie’s parents fail to return from a trip and strangers come into the castle to try to take over, Celie and her brother and sister are willing to do whatever it takes to protect their ...more
Jan 30, 2012 babyhippoface rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-fiction, fantasy
So much fun!

Castle Glower is magical. On Tuesdays, it changes. Sometimes it adds new rooms, staircases, hallways. Sometimes it removes a room. Sometimes it shifts rooms around. 11-year-old Princess Celie loves the Castle and knows its rooms and passages better than anyone else; she spends her free time mapping it and creating an atlas. The Castle loves her best, too.

A castle that grows extra rooms, moves staircases, and creates or seals off passageways at will? What a fun concept! Got my attenti
Jun 26, 2014 Dorian rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-ebooks
I love books with sentient buildings, and Castle Glower is a wonderful example. It adds, removes, and changes rooms, sometimes at a whim, other times for very good reasons - like imprisoning enemy spies, or making it obvious who it wants to be the next king. The Castle's preferences are why it's the King's second son that's the Crown Prince (the eldest is training to be a wizard instead). But its favourite is the youngest of the King's children, Princess Celie - who loves it in return, and knows ...more
Lynette ~ Escaping Reality – One Book at a Time ~
I JUST GOT MY SIGNED COPY IN THE MAIL!!!!!! (I ordered it from King's English Bookshop, where she was doing a signing)

Oh. My. Goodness. I loved this book!
From the very first sentence, "When Castle Glower became bored, it would grow a new room or two." I was hooked. My family barely managed to communicate with me at all, I was too busy reading. I got it late Saturday afternoon, and finished it early Sunday afternoon.

It is NOT your typical fairytale/princess book. It is FAR from your avera
Katie W
Dec 18, 2011 Katie W rated it really liked it
This latest juvenile fiction novel by Jessisa Day George was incredibly fun and creative!

The Glower Castle builds new rooms, turrets, and even wings, on Tuesdays. Celie, the youngest princess, maps the changes out and seems to have a bond with the castle. When her parents and older brother are deemed dead, the crown prince, Celie, and her older sister do what they can to keep the Castle and kingdom from evil clutches. Celie is a very mature 11 year old and is quick-thinking.

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“How wonderful," he purred. "I've been longing to speak to you for days, Princess Cecelia."
"And I've been wanting to kick you in the shin for days.”
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